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Rita Nye

Rita Elizabeth Nye passed away at Wyandot County Skilled Nursing Home on Monday, Jan. 11, 2021.
Rita was born in Carey on Aug. 22, 1925, to John and Lenora Kessler. She was the seventh of nine children. Rita was the beloved wife of the late Leonard Ellsworth Nye, whom she married on June 25, 1942.
She was the mother of Howard (Rosemary), James (JoLynn), John (Ann) and Mark (Anna) and the grandmother of Dawn (Jay), Daniel, Jeffrey (Becky), Michael (Mandy), Matthew, James (Heather), Benjamin (Marlena) and Bethany (Jacob). She was a proud great-grandmother to 14 and great-great-grandmother to one. Rita is survived by her roommate at Wyandot County Home, Norma Swartz, and one sister, Tiffin resident Mary Louise Risner.
Rita was the loving, spirited center of her large family. She had a remarkable memory and was known to regale everyone around her with storytelling. Until her final years, Rita could offer an hour by hour account of a day on the farm in 1935 as easily as she could recall events from a recent vacation. Rita delighted in handicrafts and made 100 or more baby afghans for expectant family and friends. Carey residents might remember Rita as a Girl Scout troop leader or as the onetime owner of Carey Greenhouse. To students of Mount Zion Middle School, Rita was the “computer lady” who taught introductory computing skills to sixth, seventh and eighth graders. As a Bucyrus and Tiffin area babysitter, she was known as “Miss Rita.” She adored family gatherings, Elvis Presley, Payday candy bars and the occasional afternoon beer. But above all, Rita loved the children in her life. During a 2009 family history interview, Rita said, “I’ve always loved children and I don’t care how old they are. I want them to have good memories of me and I want them to know that I’m proud of them.”
Rita will be laid to rest next to her husband, Leonard, at Spring Grove Cemetery, Carey, in a private graveside ceremony. A memorial service for extended family and friends will be planned for later in 2021.                                                                                                                                 Arrangements were handled by Stombaugh-Batton Funeral Home, Carey.

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